Palu, Central Sulawesi (ANTARA) - An official from the Ministry of Investment/Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has expressed hope that the visit of Japanese Emperor Naruhito will demonstrate that Indonesia is becoming a more attractive destination for foreign investors.

Saribua Siahaan, the ministry's Director for Promotion in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Regions, stated in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Thursday that the visit is expected to showcase the improvements in Indonesia's investment climate.

He mentioned that Indonesia's investment permit application system has become better, faster, and much easier for investors to navigate.

"We can now apply for permits from anywhere using the online system. Hence, investors, even if they are in Japan, can apply for an investment permit," explained Siahaan.

He expressed optimism that Naruhito's visit would create new investment opportunities for Japanese companies in Indonesia, ultimately leading to the creation of new jobs for locals.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited Indonesia from June 17 to 23 in response to President Joko Widodo's invitation during his trip to Japan in July of last year.

This visit to Indonesia marks Naruhito's first state visit since assuming the throne on May 1, 2019, succeeding his father, Akihito, the current Emperor Emeritus.

The visit coincides with the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan, as well as the 50th anniversary of cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan.

The visit also follows up on Akihito's efforts to foster harmonious relations with Indonesia.

In 1991, Akihito and Michiko visited Indonesia and were received by the late President Soeharto and First Lady Tien.

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